Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc.

Search this site and our local communities. Wisconsin History Search Only

You may now join, or renew your SLAHS membership using your PayPal account, credit, or debit card.

Please use the following link to make a secure on-line payment.

Home
About Us
Search this site
History
Genealogy
Museum
Membership
Monetary Donations

Artifact Donations

Buy A Brick Donation

Fundraiser Letter

Notable Links
Antiqibles
Index to Wisconsin Brewery and Related Articles
   

 

John Schlitz Biography

by Mike Reilly

    The following article was printed in 1897 in a book called Cleveland Und Sein Deutschthum. The book was about prominent Germans in the Cleveland area. Translation follows.

   

    wpe13.jpg (55961 bytes)

Translation of John Schlitz passage by Gordon Hartig Translation Services http://www.hartigtranslations.com

John Schlitz.

    Mr. John Schlitz was born in the old city of Mainz on the Rhine River on 19 September 1844. After he had completed elementary school and the upper-level classes at the Mainz technical high school, in the process acquiring a first-rate education for himself, he devoted himself to the merchant class.
    After he had completed a three-year training period, he entered service in Marseille, France, in a banking institution. He remained in this position for one year. After having returned to his home town, he began working as a clerk in one of the city's largest trading firms.

    At the invitation of an uncle who lived in Milwaukee, Mr. Jos. Schlitz, he went there for a visit in the year 1868. His stay with his relatives was so pleasant that he decided to make Milwaukee his permanent home. Over the course of the following year he established himself there as a wine merchant specializing in earthen jugs*, and he remained in this business until he relocated to Cleveland in 1882.
    He had two children, a daughter and a son, from his marriage in 1874 to Miss Katchen Meyer, the daughter of the brewer Stephan Meyer of Milwaukee.
    Immediately after his arrival in the city of forests, he took over the agency responsible for the sale and distribution of the products produced by the Jos. Schlitz Brewing Company. A few years later he gave up the distributorship, and after that devoted himself to the restaurant** business.
    Since his arrival here, Mr. Schlitz has been a member of the Cleveland Singing Society. In all circles in which he is known, he his respected and revered.


* I don't find en Gres in my German dictionaries, but en grès is a French phrase meaning literally "in stone jugs."
** This could also mean "restoration business."

 

  (Note: We are not affiliated with the Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co. or endorsed by them. Any Schlitz trademarks displayed, or  brands mentioned are the sole ownership of the Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co.)

 

Home / About Us  / Membership / Search this site

Copyright Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc., , 2002 - 2016, Except as noted: All documents placed on the SLAHS.org website remain the property of the contributors, who retain publication rights in accordance with US Copyright Laws and Regulations. In keeping with our policy of providing free information on the Internet, these documents may be used by anyone for their personal research. They may be used by non-commercial entities, when written permission is obtained from the contributor, so long as all notices and submitter information are included. These electronic pages may NOT be reproduced in any format for profit. Any other use, including copying files to other sites, requires permission from the contributors PRIOR to uploading to the other sites. The submitter has given permission to the SLAHS.org website to store the file(s) for free access. Such permission may be revoked upon written notice to the SLAHS.org website webmaster. Website's design, hosting, and maintenance are donated by Website Editor & Webmaster: Michael R. Reilly (Mike)